Singapore reported a loss of $5.7 billion due to fluctuations in energy prices

According to the Prime Minister of Singapore, the country imports almost all types of energy, so the current crisis could lead to higher prices and recession

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Fluctuations in world energy prices in the past few months have already cost the government and the people of Singapore 8 billion Singaporean dollars ($5.7 billion). Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the announcement on Sunday, The Straits Times reported. pointed out by the head of government.

According to him, the republic imports almost all energy resources, so fluctuations in their prices have already cost the treasury and ordinary residents a record $5.7 billion. “Global [economic] growth will slow down. Perhaps there will be a recession in the next two years, we need to accept this reality, — said Lee Hsien Loong.

He also stressed that the strategy of reorienting to the domestic market and increasing domestic production is suitable for large countries, but Singapore cannot afford it. “Our strategy is to stay open and make the economy more resilient and stronger,” noted the prime minister.

The rise in world prices for oil, gas and other fossil fuels has been going on since the end of February, when Russia announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. In this regard, many Western countries imposed sanctions against Moscow, which affected financial and industrial organizations, the supply of high-tech products, as well as the reserves of the Central Bank.

On March 8, the United States imposed an embargo on the purchase of Russian energy resources. The decision was announced by US President Joe Biden. “Today I am announcing that the US is targeting major sectors of the Russian economy: we are banning all imports of Russian oil, gas and energy. This means that Russian oil will no longer be accepted in American ports, — he said.

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Since the beginning of the military operation, the European Union has also introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia. In the last— fifth package, — The EU banned the import and transit of coal from Russia, but the restrictions did not affect gas and oil. The fact that the European Commission is preparing the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, which implies restrictions on the oil sector, was announced in mid-April by the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly called the sanctions illegal and warned that in case of refusal to Russian oil and gas, the West will have to face a sharp rise in prices.

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FT learned about the discussion in China of protecting foreign assets from US sanctions

The FT's interlocutors reported that China is concerned about the freezing of foreign assets of the Bank of Russia and fears the introduction of such measures against Beijing “in the event of a regional military conflict or other crisis”

Chinese regulators held an emergency meeting with local and international banks, where they discussed ways to protect China's overseas assets from possible US sanctions similar to those imposed on Russia, according to the Financial Times, citing sources familiar with the discussion.

According to the interlocutors of the publication, representatives of the central bank and the Ministry of Finance of China, as well as heads of local and international banks, took part in the discussion on April 22. The publication noted that the meeting began with the words of a senior official of the Chinese Ministry of Finance that Beijing was alarmed by the ability of the United States and its allies to freeze the dollar assets of the Bank of Russia.

According to the Financial Times, Chinese officials are wary of imposing such measures against Beijing “in the event of a regional military conflict or other crisis,” while the meeting did not mention specific scenarios in which China could face sanctions.

One of the sources told the publication that in the event of a Chinese attack on Taiwan, “the separation of the Chinese and Western economies will be much more serious” than with Russia, since Beijing's economic influence affects the whole world. Another source of the newspaper noted that the Chinese banking system is not ready to freeze its foreign exchange assets or disconnect from the SWIFT system. at a high level, which discussed options for closer cooperation to reduce the likelihood of a war with China over Taiwan.

Taiwan — an island in the South China Sea, about 150 km from the coast of China. In 1949, during the revolution, the territory declared secession from China, but Beijing considers it one of the Chinese provinces.

The United States does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but at the same time sells weapons to it. Officially, the United States, like Russia, supports the One China principle.

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In mid-April, Beijing decided to conduct exercises near Taiwan, saying that it was provoked by the “serious misinformation” that the US is sending to the “Taiwanese separatists.” Before that, a delegation of six US congressmen arrived on the island to meet with the President of Taiwan, Reuters wrote.

On April 26, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Washington intends to provide Taiwan with everything necessary to protect Taiwan from any potential aggression, including including from China.

In response, Beijing urged the United States to avoid “wrong signals to separatist forces supporting 'Taiwan independence' so as not to cause serious damage to Sino-US relations, as well as 'peace and stability on both sides'. Taiwan Strait».

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Spiegel reveals EU’s way to get through winter without gas from Russia

In order to fill gas storage facilities by 80% by November 1, industrial plants must be disconnected from gas twice a year, Spiegel writes, citing a model developed by the Jülich research center.

To fill European Union gas storage facilities by 80% by November 1, all steel, chemical and cement plants, as well as power plants, must be cut off from gas twice for several weeks, writes the German newspaper Spiegel, citing data from a research center in Jülich (Germany).

“If storage tanks are to be filled as planned and at the same time supplies from Russia are to be severely curtailed, this will only be possible with significant restrictions on industry and power plants,” cites the edition of the words of Jochen Linsen, professor at the Jülich Research Center.

According to a model developed with Linsen's input, if the EU's stated goal of cutting gas consumption from Russia by two-thirds this year is achieved, gas storage facilities will not be filled to the required level (80%) by winter. To achieve this, while reducing gas purchases from Russia, the EU needs to save some 30 billion cubic meters this year, which corresponds to a third of Germany's annual gas consumption.

The authors of the model call this a very optimistic scenario, even taking into account the prospect of increased supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG) and pipeline – from other countries.

According to the calculated model, in order to fill storage facilities by 63% by August 1, a number of industrial enterprises in the EU should be disconnected from gas right now and until the end of July, and power plants— almost all of July. A similar measure will need to be repeated in October in order to fill the UGS by 80% by November 1, the researchers believe.

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, the EU started talking about plans to reduce dependence on Russian gas. Now Russia provides 40% of gas consumption in the EU. The European Commission called it possible to reduce gas purchases from Russia by two-thirds this year and completely stop them “much earlier”; 2030.

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Amid the imposition of Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin converted gas payments for unfriendly countries (including the EU countries) into rubles. Brussels called it a way to circumvent restrictive measures, and most European countries refused to pay in rubles. April 27 Gazprom said that he had completely stopped gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria due to the fact that these countries did not pay for gas in rubles.

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UK discovered flooded civilian ships in the port of Mariupol

Military investigators of the Investigative Committee of Russia discovered flooded civilian ships in the port of Mariupol, RIA Novosti reports.

facts of mining were revealed, the agency writes.

A military boat of the Ukrainian Navy “Kremenchuk” was found at the pier in Mariupol, as well as the skeleton (supporting part) of the warship “Donbass”, destroyed in a fire. The agency also published a video of the correspondent during the work of investigators in the port of Mariupol.

On April 21, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Russian President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol. He said that “the remnants of the nationalists” took refuge at the Azovstal enterprise; and it will take several days for the Russian military to complete work in the area.

In response, Putin ordered that the assault on the plant be called off, calling it inexpedient. According to him, it is necessary to “think about saving the lives and health of our soldiers and officers.”

At the end of April, during a meeting with Putin, UN Secretary General António Guterres proposed the participation of the UN and the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol. Putin to this “in principle” agreed, the office of the UN Secretary General said. At the same time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov recalled the president's clear position: civilians can leave, the military must lay down their arms.

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Later, the UN announced the creation of a team in the Office of Humanitarian Affairs to evacuate the civilian population from Azovstal. April 30 TASS and RIA Novosti it was reported that 25 civilians left the plant.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation in Ukraine early in the morning on February 24th. He called its goals “denazification”; and “demilitarization” neighboring country. At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the main tasks in the Kiev and Chernigov directions and the regrouping of troops. They also said that the main task of the military. — “complete liberation of Donbass”.

Mariupol was blocked by Russian forces almost from the very beginning of the special operation. Russia recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics within the boundaries of the regions, Mariupol— the second most populated city in the region.

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How much will the government of the Russian Federation pay by May 9 to WWII veterans in the LDNR?

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on payments to disabled people and veterans of the Great Patriotic War living in the DPR, LPR and liberated territories of Ukraine. The document was published on Saturday, April 30, on the official portal of legal information.

The payment is dedicated to the 77th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. 

How much will veterans be paid?

According to the document, the lump sum payment will be 10 thousand rubles.

When will the veterans receive the payment?

The decree says that the payment will be made in May 2022.

“The Government of the Russian Federation to provide funding for the costs associated with the implementation of this Decree, including the cost of delivering a lump sum payment”, — marked in the document.

The Decree comes into force from the date of its signing, i.e. April 30.




Putin expanded the right to receive maternity capital to single fathers

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a law that expands the opportunities for obtaining maternity capital for single fathers. The corresponding document was published on April 30 on the official Internet portal of legal information.

According to the adopted law, maternity capital will be available to men raising a second, third child or subsequent children born starting from January 1, 2007, and who are their fathers (adoptive parents), in the event of the death of a woman who did not have citizenship of the Russian Federation who gave birth to these children, or she is declared dead.

Men raising their first child born starting from January 1, 2020, and who are the fathers (adoptive parents) of the specified child, if the mother did not have Russian citizenship and died or was declared dead.

In the event of the death of a single father who is raising two or more children, the rights to maternity capital will be transferred to the children in equal shares.

Recall that from February 1, 2022, the amount of payment for the first child is 524,500 rubles, for the second — 693,100 rubles if the family did not receive maternity capital for their first child, and 168,600 rubles if they did. 



British MP resigns after watching porn at work

65-year-old member of the House of Commons of the British Parliament Neil Parish resigned his mandate after he was accused of viewing pornographic materials in the workplace, reports TASS with reference to the BBC.

Parish said he watched adult content twice in the British Parliament building. The first time he ended up on a porn site by accident, he clicked on a link while searching for information about tractors. The second time he did it on purpose, calling the incident “a moment of madness.”

According to the BBC, the deputy was not going to resign after the scandal, but then decided to surrender the mandate.

Neil Parish represents the constituency of Tiverton and Honiton in Devon, southwest England. He has been sitting in the House of Commons since 2010, since 2015 he has been chairman of the Committee on Environment, Food and Agriculture. Member of the Conservative Party. 

It was previously reported that Russia imposed personal restrictions on 287 members of the House of Commons of the British Parliament in response to UK sanctions against 386 State Duma deputies.



Hunters and prey. Why did they not want to accept the USSR and Russia into NATO?

Plot World History with Andrey Sidorchik

Relationships between our country and the West have rarely been characterized by calmness and mutual understanding. As a rule, people began to understand us only when the “civilized world” would be interested in us taking on some of their problems.

A knife in the back to the victor of Nazism: how the anti-Soviet bloc was created

The defeat of Nazi Germany and its satellites marked the end of the period of existence of the anti-Hitler coalitions. In the United States and Great Britain, they began to look for ways to reduce the increased degree of influence of the USSR on world problems. Moreover, the military option in Washington and London was not at all ruled out. Speech Winston Churchill in Fulton, which actually proclaimed the beginning of the Cold War, became a prologue to action.

On March 17, 1948, five Western European states — Belgium, UK, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France — concluded the so-called Brussels Pact, the key provision of which was the creation of “collective self-defense”. Germany was considered as a possible aggressor if the militarists returned to power, but the USSR was considered first of all as an enemy.

On April 4, 1949, 12 countries, among which were the signatories of the Brussels Pact, the United States, Canada, as well as Denmark, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Iceland, concluded the North Atlantic Treaty. His anti-Soviet essence was not hidden either then or now.

The First Secretary General of NATO Ismay Hastings  inside, and the Germans — in a subordinate position.

“Shouldn't we join NATO then?”

Yesterday's allies of the USSR in the fight against Nazism (USA, Great Britain, Canada), together with those who were in alliance with the Third Reich (Italy), as well as those whose independence was paid for by the blood of Soviet soldiers (Norway), were preparing to put an end to « dangerous Bolsheviks. With a country that not only made the greatest contribution to the victory over fascism, but also suffered heavy losses in this struggle, incomparable with the losses of other European states.

When Turkey was included in NATO in 1952, again declaring a peaceful nature of the organization,  Joseph Stalin in his usual ironic tone remarked: “Shouldn't we join NATO then?” The legendary Soviet diplomat Andrei Gromyko more than once publicly declared: “If this pact had been directed against the revival of German aggression, the USSR itself would have joined NATO.”

Gromyko and became the ideological inspirer of the attempt of the Soviet Union to join NATO, which took place in 1954.

“The unrealistic nature of the proposal does not deserve discussion”: how the USSR knocked on the doors of the Alliance

On March 31, 1954, the government of the USSR sent an official note asking for admission to the North Atlantic Alliance. The document stated: “The North Atlantic Treaty Organization would cease to be a closed military grouping of states, would be open to the accession of other European countries, which, along with the creation of an effective system of collective security in Europe, would be of paramount importance for strengthening world peace.”

The West's answer was exhaustive: “The unrealistic nature of the proposal is not worth discussing.” However, the United States was ready to consider such a possibility in the event that the USSR abandoned bases in the Far East, the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Germany and Austria, and the signing by Moscow of a number of arms limitation treaties on Western terms. At the same time, the “collective West” I was not going to take on any obligations.

Strictly speaking, the Soviet “maneuver” 1954 clearly demonstrated that talking about a peaceful NATO is worth nothing, and the alliance itself is completely and completely hostile to our country.

On May 9, 1955, West Germany was admitted to NATO. That is, in violation of all previous agreements of the countries — members of the anti-Hitler coalition made the country that initiated World War II a member of the military bloc.

Five days after the admission of West Germany to NATO, Moscow made a retaliatory move: the USSR and the socialist countries created the Warsaw Pact Organization to ensure peace and security in Europe. The Soviet alliance, whatever one may say, was only a response to the actions of the West.

Yeltsin asked, but he was only patted on the shoulder

The collapse of the socialist bloc and the USSR gave rise to a new reality. Already in December 1991, Russian PresidentYeltsinsent an appeal to NATO, announcing joining the North Atlantic Alliance as one of the goals of his foreign policy.

The idea of ​​NATO membership was indeed discussed in Russia in the early 1990s, but the general background was negative. And there was no clear answer to the logical question: if the Cold War is over, then why do we need a bloc that was once against the communist Soviet Union?

Today, from the published correspondence of Western diplomats, it becomes clear that both the United States and Europe understood very well that Moscow would perceive any NATO expansion to the east extremely negatively. All major Russian political forces saw this as hostile action against Russia, and Washington was well aware of this.

Putin wanted “in a good way”: last attempt at entry

The current president of Russia Vladimir Putinat the beginning of his political career, he also tried to find common ground with the North Atlantic Alliance. Being still and. about. head of state, in early 2000, in an interview with the BBC, he said that he was considering the possibility of Russia's membership in NATO: “Why not? I do not rule out such a possibility — in the event that Russia's interests are taken into account, if it is a full partner. In 2017, Putin recalled this as follows: “During the discussion, I said:“ Maybe look at the option that Russia will join NATO. Clinton replied, “I don't mind.” But the entire delegation became very nervous.”

In 2004, the so-called “fifth expansion of NATO” took place. The block included not only the former socialist countries, but also the former republics of the USSR: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

No one was going to take into account the opinion and interests of Russia, getting off with general words about “partnership”.


In his famous Munich speech in 2007, Putin bitterly stated: “The process of NATO expansion has nothing to do with modernizing the alliance itself or with ensuring security in Europe. On the contrary, it is a serious provocative factor that reduces the level of mutual trust. And we have a fair right to ask frankly: who is this expansion against? And what happened to the assurances given by the Western partners after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact? Where are these statements now?.. Now they are trying to impose on us already new dividing lines and walls — let virtual, but still dividing, cutting our common continent. Will it really take many years and decades again, a change of several generations of politicians, to „sort“ and „dismantle“ these new walls?

That speech was considered aggressive in the West. But Putin conveyed to them a simple idea: you do not want to cooperate, but you want to devour us, but we will not allow this. But NATO is still trying.

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Foresight hunters. Is the basis of predictions mysticism or experience and knowledge?

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Many people are still under the impression of the accuracy with which the recently deceased Vladimir Zhirinovsky predicted the special operation in Ukraine.

"At 4 4 am 22 February     — it will be a non-peaceful year, — he predicted in in December from the rostrum of the State Duma. On on                               madmen»

Someone considers Zhirinovsky a prophet. However, experts in such cases prefer to talk more about “professional intuition”. It is thanks to her, as it is believed, that the American financierGeorge Soroson the eve of August 1998 & nbsp; predicted a default in                   predicted that in                             ;— explains writer, practicing philosopher Anna Kiryanova. — Visioner — this is not a hallucinating patient, not a shaggy madman with wildly rolling eyes, who is overcome by visions. In his forecasts, he relies not on the mystical gift of clairvoyance, but on experience and knowledge. Visionaries are able to read subtle, and sometimes completely indistinguishable impulses from environment — „currents“ time, space and maybe even collective thinking of society — and process that information very quickly. These include  the founder of Apple Steve Jobs, who, back in the 1980s, foresaw the advent of smartphones and tablets, which he called “little friends inside the box”, the computer mouse, the ubiquity of the Internet, cloud services and online commerce.

And  However, more often, revelations about the future come to people in some other, almost mystical way. They can even meet in cartoons. So, in 2000 in the 17th episode of the 11th season of the series "The Simpsons" its creators predicted the presidency of Donald Trump, and in 1999 in in the Cowboy Bebop” episodes appeared with "ancient" the space shuttle Columbia, which crashes when the heat-resistant tiles on its hull begin to peel off. In 2003  for approximately the same reason, the real ship “Columbia” exploded…

Writers' foresights have also become the talk of the town. For example, in 1968 g. British fiction John Brunnerin  the novel "All stand on Zanzibar" predicted the presidency of Barack Obama (2009-2017). In  the work, which takes place in  2010 g., appears a black president named Obomi (although not  American, but African). He really wants to bring his country closer to the West. According to the story, LGBT becomes the mainstream in the United States, and terrorism — main problem.

See the invisible

A strong impression on  contemporaries was also made by the story of the novel “Futility, or the Crash of the Titanic”, published in England 14 years before the death of the Titanic”. The events that occurred before and during the crash of the liner are described in the book to trifles. Author — retired captain, Americanwriter Morgan Robertson — talks about the “Titan” ship, which was considered unsinkable, but sank in the Atlantic Ocean after a collision with an iceberg. According to Robertson, the idea of ​​the novel came to him during a severe illness: a giant ship suddenly appeared to him in his thoughts as if in reality, while he  saw and the very death of the ship, which was accompanied by desperate cries of drowning people.

In 1944 g. American clairvoyant Edgar Caycepredicted the fall of the USSR, saying: “The 20th century will not have time to end before the collapse of communism.” The Communists will lose their power there.” And and                                   classic of Russian medicine Sergey Botkin. Even before an unfamiliar patient entered his office, Botkin already often knew his diagnosis.

An unsurpassed visionary was artist and hypnotist Wolf Messing: during during the war, he predicted the date of its end for he received an award from Stalin himself. According to Messing, he  "saw" red tanks driving through the German streets. According to                   foresaw the crash of the plane, on which                           , at that time the commander of the Air Force of the Moscow Military District. Messing advised to cancel the trip. The Generalissimo asked his son to take the train, and he survived. Messing later said that the death of Stalin himself would coincide with the Jewish holiday. On 5 March 1953 when the leader died, Purim fell.

The Inner Eye

“Intuition tells a person a trend” & mdash; where a certain set of events is moving. „Sixth Sense“ knows how to summarize information, sort it and show the most likely opportunity in the current situation, — convinced psychiatrist, director of the Institute of Analytical Psychology Valery Trofimov. — The incomprehensibility of intuition that it contradicts ordinary linear logic».

“There are several mechanisms for foresight, one of which — spontaneous, spontaneous. Often the power of such a predictor is enhanced in the absence of a visual analyzer: it is not for nothing that blind people become seers, like the Bulgarian Vanga, — Anna Kiryanova continues. — They say that higher powers sometimes give a person instead of two sighted eyes „an inner eye“capable of foreseeing the future”. Vanga's predictions became known to the whole world. One of the Ukraine and Crimea, made in 1979 g.: "Crimea will break away from one shore and attach to another". In 1989  she foresaw the famous 2001 terrorist attack in the USA: “Fear, fear! The American brothers will fall, pecked by iron birds. (two skyscrapers in  New York, which collapsed after the attack of planes with  terrorists, were indeed called "twins" or "brothers"). Vanga predicted Kennedy's death 4 months before his assassination, in 1952. predicted Stalin's death no later than a year later, and in 1943 she said that Hitlerwill be defeated in April 1945. And Philip Kirkorov, by the way, promised fame and wife, whose name will begin with the letter "A". He was to marry this woman     — and that's how it all turned out.

"Intuition can also manifest itself in sleep, — says Valery Trofimov. — On the eve of large-scale upheavals — natural disasters & war — many people have disturbing dreams. The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jungtold that on the eve of World War I he dreamed of a monstrous stream that covered all the lands from England to Russia and carried fragments of some objects and countless corpses. Then this sea became blood. And  after 2 weeks, the vision recurred… It happens that an ordinary person not in dream, but in reality suddenly„on an empty place“ there is a certain neurotic anxiety — and and as a result he delays some undertaking of his own. Such „failures“ familiar to many.

Do you follow your inner voice? Everyone decides this for themselves. However, even experienced visionaries sometimes find it difficult to decipher visions and intuitions, because the subconscious usually speaks to us in the language of symbols. And only after some time these symbols and dreams become clear both to the seers themselves and to those around.

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Rospotrebnadzor called “stealth omicron” the most contagious in the entire pandemic

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Kamil Khafizov, head of the scientific group for the development of new diagnostic methods based on sequencing technologies, said that "stealth-omicron" is the most contagious variant of the coronavirus for the entire time of the pandemic, TASS reports.

According to him, the share of this variant is more than 90% of all detected cases of coronavirus infection.

Formerly, head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that the epidemiological situation in the country has stabilized, but it is too early to talk about the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the 15th week of the year, 76,233 cases of COVID-19 were detected in the country, which is 20.4% less than the previous week and 35.5% lower than the average for the last four weeks.

Earlier, Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko suggested that a new wave of coronavirus could begin in Russia at the end of May or June.



In Moscow, on the afternoon of May 1, it is expected to reach +13 ° C

The press service of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia reported that on the afternoon of May 1, the air temperature in Moscow will rise to +13 °C.

The published weather forecast says that a variable is expected in the capital cloudy, no precipitation. Wind southwest, 2—7 m/s.

Earlier leading employee of the Phobos weather center Evgeny Tishkovets said that the weather in early May in the central part of Russia would be cool.

According to him, during the May holidays, the temperature will be three to four degrees below the norm.



Russia to start paying new benefits in May

A number of changes come into force in Russia from May 1st. Families with children will be able to apply for new payments, some categories of citizens will have their pensions recalculated, and banks will start applying new mortgage rates. This is reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

From May 1, unsecured families with children from 8 to 17 years old can apply for a new payment. Family income must be below the regional subsistence minimum (PM) per person. The amount of the benefit will be 50, 75 or 100%  from PM. The payment will be made only after the valuation of the property.

Also, former members of civil aviation crews will receive a recalculation of monthly supplements to pensions. In addition, some employees of the coal industry will receive additional funds.

By May 9, lump-sum benefits in the amount of 10 thousand rubles will be sent to disabled people and participants in the Great Patriotic War. 

< p dir="ltr">Also, the Central Bank increased the maximum size of one operation in the Fast Payment System (FPS) from 600 thousand to 1 million rubles. The minimum limit for transfers to the SBP per day will remain at the level of 150 thousand rubles, and the limit for free transfers through the SBP per month will be 100 thousand rubles.

From May, mortgages for new buildings will be issued at a rate of 9% . Until December 2022, it is planned to issue about 206 thousand loans for almost one and a half trillion rubles.

In addition, from May 1, banks will not be able to write off social payments for debts. This is permissible only if the borrower agrees.

It was previously reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that expands the opportunities for obtaining maternity capital for single fathers.



In Russia, the number of hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 decreased by 44% per day

Over the past day, 7,047 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Russia. This was reported at the federal infection control headquarters.

According to the headquarters, 1 442 people were hospitalized in the country per day. This is 44% less than the day before. The number of hospitalizations decreased per day in 70 regions of Russia and increased in 12, while the situation has not changed in three subjects.

In total, 8 733 people have recovered in the Russian Federation per day, since the beginning of the pandemic – 17 548 718.

Earlier, the head of the scientific group for the development of new diagnostic methods based on sequencing technologies of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor Kamil Khafizov said that "stealth-omicron" is the most contagious variant of the coronavirus of all time during the pandemic. He noted that it accounts for more than 90% of all detected cases of COVID-19 infection.



What is known about the cancellation and delay of a dozen flights at Moscow airports?

On Sunday, May 1, at Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports in Moscow and "Sheremetyevo" about 50 flights were canceled or delayed. This is evidenced by the data of the Yandex. Schedule".

As as of 11.00 h to Moscow time May 1 

  • "Vnukovo". Six flights delayed, one canceled;
  • “Domodedovo. Six flights delayed, five cancelled.
  • Sheremetyevo. 12 flights delayed, 20 cancelled.

At Zhukovsky airport flights follow the schedule.

Why are flights often canceled and delayed at Moscow airports?

Frequent delays and cancellations of flights in Moscow are connected with the introduction of Western sanctions against Russia, writes RIA Novosti. Against the backdrop of military events in Ukraine, the European Union announced a ban on the supply of civil aircraft and spare parts to Russia, and instructed lessors to break contracts with Russian airlines until the end of March.

Restrictions also affected aircraft maintenance and insurance services for domestic airlines. In addition, the European Union, the USA, Canada and a number of other countries closed the airspace for Russian airliners.

Rosaviatsia, in turn, in order to avoid the arrest or detention of aircraft registered abroad and belonging to foreign lessors, recommended that Russian carriers with aircrafts in foreign registries suspend international flights.

We also recall that the Federal Air Transport Agency extended the flight restriction regime at 11 Russian airports in the south of the country until 7 May.  Their number includes:

  • Anapa;
  • Belgorod;
  • Bryansk;
  • Voronezh;
  • Gelendzhik;
  • Krasnodar;
  • Kursk;
  • Lipetsk;
  • Rostov-on-Don;
  • < li>Simferopol;

  • Elista.


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The Ukrainian authorities decided to close the ports in Mariupol, Berdyansk and Kherson

The ports closed by the Ukrainian authorities – in Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kherson and Skadovsk are located in the territories controlled by the Russian military

The Ukrainian authorities decided to close the ports in the territory not controlled by Kyiv— in Mariupol, Kherson, Berdyansk and Skadovsk, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure said.

The corresponding order was adopted by the Ministry on April 28 and registered by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on April 29. According to the documentports will be closed “until control is restored” above them.

The decision was made due to “the impossibility of servicing ships and passengers, carrying out cargo, transport and other related economic activities.” At the moment, the Ukrainian authorities also cannot ensure an adequate level of navigation safety and compliance with the requirements of international treaties, the report says.

The ports indicated by the ministry are located in territories controlled by the Russian military. Berdyansk (Zaporozhye region) was occupied at the end of February, the entire territory of the Kherson region (where the ports of Kherson and Skadovsk are located) has been controlled by Russian troops since mid-March, the head of the Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu announced the capture of Mariupol on April 21.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation in Ukraine early in the morning on February 24. He called its goals “demilitarization” and “denazification” neighboring country, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” from the Kyiv authorities. Kyiv, in response to the special operation, severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, and also declared martial law and general mobilization.

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At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of tasks in the Kiev and Chernigov directions and the regrouping of troops. The main task of the operation in the ministry was called “the complete liberation of Donbass”.

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